Matiss Kivlenieks (G)

Sioux City Musketeers

13-2-1-0, 1.66 GAA, .937 sv%

2. Chicago Steel (4)

14-4-1-1, Last Poll: 1

Although Chicago fell one spot in the rankings, they remain atop the Eastern Conference standings and sit with the second-best record in the USHL. The Steel acquired Brannon McManus and Peter Thome from the Omaha Lancers. McManus comes to the Fox Valley with 11 points (6G, 5A) in 17 games so far this season and was named to the U.S. Junior Select Team for the World Junior A Challenge. Thome is expected to complement Ales Stezka between the pipes. The North Dakota commit and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect sits with a 7-3-1-0 record this season. Reggie Lutz leads the team in scoring with 18 points (8G, 10A) in 20 games.

1. Sioux City Musketeers (18)

15-3-1-0, Last Poll: 3

The Musketeers come into December in the midst of a 11-game winning streak, the longest such streak in the USHL this season. They have also taken over the top spot in the USHL standings. The Tyson Events Center has been a good home for the Musketeers. Sioux City is 13-1-1-0 at home, the best such record in the USHL. Eeli Tolvanen leads the team with 22 points (13G, 9A), sixth among all USHL players. Matiss Kivlenieks has been arguably the best goaltender in the USHL. He leads all netminders with a 1.66 GAA and 13 wins. He is second in total saves (404) and SV% (.937). The Minnesota State University, Mankato commit won six of the team’s eight games in November and will look to help continue the team’s winning ways in December. Sioux City has gone 2-2-0-0 in their four road games so far this season, but will get a big taste of life away from home in December. The Musketeers will play six of their nine games in December away from Tyson Events Center.